1MDB debt costs may reach RM34.6b, says Maybank

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  • Monday, 25 Jun 2018

For Lim to declare in his first press conference that government debt has exceeded 1 trillion ringgit ($251 billion) because of a sly public bailout of 1MDB gets him full marks for honesty, but not for tact.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s costs of servicing 1MDB debt may reach as much as RM34.6bil (US$8.6bil) from 2019 to 2023, as the government will probably fully account for it, according to Maybank Kim Eng Securities.

Full crystallisation of 1MDB’s debt has become highly likely, analysts Winson Phoon and Se Tho Mun Yi wrote in report Monday.

Debt service, both coupon and principal repayment, estimated at RM1.7bil in 2019, RM1.7bil in 2020, RM2.7bil in 2021, RM15.4bil in 2022 and RM13.1bil in 2023.

Other options include buying back USD bonds from the open market, such as 1MDB Global Investment bonds trading at 89% of par, which is cheaper than redeeming the notes on maturity date
at par.

Gross issuance of government and state-guaranteed bonds may decline to RM136bil this year, from RM146bil in 2017, due to a review of infrastructure projects.

Sales will probably total RM127bil in 2019 and RM126bil in 2020.

Unlikely to be any supply risk for govt bonds this year as Finance Ministry has said it’s on track to meet the fiscal deficit target of 2.8% of GDP.

Outlook is less certain for 2019 as govt may budget for expenditure on infrastructure that was previously funded by contingent liability, as well as obligations accruing under 1MDB
and public-private partnerships; this would widen the budget deficit.
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